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Sins to which Rich
men are inclined.
To trust in riches, and to be puffed up therewith.
Not assisting our poorer brethren.
To be proud.
To make an ostentatious display of our wealth.
To aspire to higher distinction and despise our humbler
In your patience possess ye your souls. Luke xxi. 19.
Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches. 1 Tim. vi. 17.
Whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? 1 John iii. 17.
Him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer. Psalm ci. 5.
Let not the rich man glory in his riches. Jer. ix. 23.
Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Rom. xii. 16.
brethren, or a meaner
walk in life for ourselves.
Not to assist our
poor neighbour by
lending what is reasonable.
Sins to which the Poor are liable.
To mistrust God's providence concerning us.
To murmur and
From him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. Matt. v. 42.
If then God so clothe the grass, which is to-day in the field, and to-morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. Luke xii. 28-30.
Be content with such things
be discontented at our low condition.
To desire to be rich.
To be envious of those who are more prosperous in the world than ourselves. To steal our neighbour's goods.
To neglect the religious education of the children whom God has given.
as ye have for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Heb. xiii. 5.
They that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 1 Tim. vi. 9, 10.
Where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. James iii. 16.
Do not steal. Mark x. 19.
Bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Eph. vi. 4.
Some sins not included in the foregoing, and to which all sorts and conditions of men are by nature inclined.
To presume upon God's mercy.
Not walking according to our baptismal profession.
Neglecting to commemorate the death of Christ in the Lord's Supper. Not doing to others as we would be done by.
To return evil for
Shall we continue in sin, that
grace may abound? Rom. vi. 1. Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Rom. vi. 3, 4.
For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come. 1 Cor. xi. 26.
Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them. Matt. vii. 12. Recompense to no man evil. for evil. Rom. xii. 17.
If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Rom. xii. 18.
Love your enemies. Matt.
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. Rom. xii. 21.
And be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. Ephes. iv. 32.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour, whom resist stedfast in the faith. 1 Pet. v. 8, 9.
Go to now, ye that say, Today or to-morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell and get gain: whereas ye know